At sunset on April 11, 2015, fire erupted in a 12-acre swathe of dry grass in the Khatlhampi Private Reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa. This was no wildfire; it was a controlled burn, carefully supervised by Working on Fire, an NGO that specializes in fire management on savannah lands. The burn was also designed—by Johannesburg-based … Read More
Public Art Category
From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.
NEW YORK – If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this … Read More
An alternative guide for architects, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle posits reinterpreting waste materials as precious resources. Via German-based project examples, the publication suggests valuing existing architecture for development. Topics include the overall energy lifecycle of buildings, as well as the cultural and social importance of preexisting architecture. Rather than building anew, the editors view regeneration and conversion … Read More
In this information-packed second edition, Portney compares sustainability initiatives across small, medium, and large American cities, examines the various issues involved with management and implementation, and discusses new directions for cities to take in pursuit of sustainability. Click here to purchase.
From Seoul to Berlin, from Los Angeles to Hanoi, sustainability is the hot ticket in architecture. Exploring the why, how and where, this publication tours the globe for locations where stylish structures designed with the planet in mind are both trendy and necessary. A worthwhile survey of a topic in everyone’s best interest: building a … Read More
In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, storied urban planner Weiming Lu showcases his revitalization and redevelopment work in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also contemplates the most important elements in any urban rejuvenation program for any city looking to transform its neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.
Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More
When conceptual and environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos moved to Melbourne, Australia, from New Zealand, he was struck by the abundance of trees in his new surroundings. With a population of 4.25 million, Melbourne boasts 70,000 trees, which cover 20 percent of the city—and city planners hope to increase that ratio to 40 percent. Besides being … Read More
Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More
Mexico (2013)— Jason deCaires Taylor revealed his final sculptures for MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a long-term project devoted to diverting underwater tourist traffic away from delicate coral reefs. Designed as a tour of Mexico’s Punta Nizuc reef system in the waters of Cancún, his contributions now total 510 permanent sculptures made from live transplanted … Read More
Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More
New York, N.Y. – For Gazing Globes, her first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York, Paula Hayes recycled contemporary technological and industrial scrap material into a series of fantastical miniature landscapes housed within 18 transparent spheres on fiberglass pedestals. Like freshly fallen snow, dust made from pulverized CDs coated the multicolored metals and plastics of … Read More